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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/cross between an ant and a scorpion


I found a bug out on my balcony in Georgia today that I have never seen before. It looked like a large ant until I saw the front of it. It has was looks like antennae but are almost bulky closer to the body and thin at the ends. They were only a little longer than the legs which looked about the same proportion to the body as a scorpions would. I believe it had six legs but I'm not entirely sure. It also had something coming out of its backside but it didn't look like a scorpion tail it looked more like an extra leg, if that makes sense. Its was all black and kind of shiny and its body was triangular with the larger part being the front. Any idea what this might be?


Without seeing at least an image of the creature the best I can do is guess.  There are many possibilities.  Here are some:

Again, unless you can send me an image of the creature, this is about the best I can do.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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